Street Food: Cheap Dining Alternative
Favorite thing: Food from local food/fruit vendors is quite cheap in Puerto Rico! We drove all over Puerto Rico and stopped for food/fruits sold in street corners/stands.
The chicken/pork pinchos (meat skewered in sticks or barbecue) are delicious and very inexpensive. I'd say budget around $15-20/day for food per person for this kind of travel-related dining arrangement.
Fondest memory: Happily eating "pinchos" sold in the streets en route to another exciting destination of the day.Related to:
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Favorite thing: If you want the straight story on what to see and do in Puerto Rico, pick up your free copy of Que Pasa! This magazine is available all over San Juan, in shops, restaurants, hotels, and other public places. It contains a useful map of the island, one of San Juan, and a plethora of advertisements for tour groups. For more information, go to:
Fondest memory: This magazine is also good for refreshing your memory of things you saw and did.
Favorite thing: They are everywhere. Roaming with the toungue dangling, dripping dry. On the constant hunt for food rations. Nipples worn out swaying low for years of sucking. On mountain passes, they get more crooked and broke, hobbling tri-pods of blind turns. Mutted beyond belief.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Driving a paper-thin two lane road through swaps on the way out of Piñones we come to a halt. A clan of goats are being coralled by a jalopy, piloted by a wrinkly tanned-skin one toother man. He pulls adjacent to our open window, grinning and making kiss sounds to the goats. I exchanged the "I speak no spanish but like your humor" smile back at 'em.Related to:
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Favorite thing: In a rush to Piñones we parked the car shoreside. No rules, you can pull you car right into the water if you have the amphibious type. No designated parking spots, just pull between the trees. Get out walk, onto the sand and swim for a minute. Do submerge your skin, than look around in the bushes you might find one of these bastards.Related to:
Beautiful Beaches and Lovely countrysides
Favorite thing: To savor the local food. Alot of the local food is seasoned with a mixture of spices called Sazon. Roadside stands are everywhere, and the food is cheap- and oh so awesome.
The beaches-Crashboat, and Luquillo Beach are my two favorite
Fondest memory: Walking along the beach, listening to the ocean crash against the sand, collecting shells. What a peaceful, and relaxing way to spend the day.
North Shore must see
Favorite thing: There is really no one thing, but the thing everyone should do is drive around the north shore. Travel books you read, say that the south is the best. Although the currents are rougher on the north coast. The huge rocks have formed small secluded pools were the waters are safe and there are no waves.
Fondest memory: The beaches, and the food. Oh and the coffee too.
Favorite thing: For beer a great drink in Puerto Rico try Medalla. It is a light beer white a good flavor. A great drink for a hot day on the beach.
For rum try Don Q. It is the drink of choice with locals. Don Q Crystal or clear rum is the most popular. They also have Don Q Gold and Don Q Limon as well.
A great drink to take to the beach for a day is limoncillo. Here's the recipe:
It's easiest made with a gallon jug of water. Drain the jug of water till it is 3/4 full. Add 1/2 a liter of Don Q Crystal rum. Add a Crystal Light lemonade mix pack. Add a bit of ice to make sure it stays cold.
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Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
Favorite thing: A hurricane ripped through the eastern side of the island in 1989. The islanders credit the rainforest for acting as a buffer system; preventing much of the island from major damage. Also, this year a tropical storm system passed through doing significant damage to the island. Clean up crews are magnificent, but damage is likely to still be visible in certain parts.
Iguanas are Everywhere!!!
Favorite thing: Just wanted to let everyone know to expect an encounter with an iguana if you are traveling outside of metropolitan San Juan. I thought it was awesome to see these creatures crawling around unabashedly to get the best spot in the sun. If you are afraid of them do not worry they are pretty harmless. Most of them will scurry away if approached and unless you try to stick your fingers in their mouths they won't hurt you.
Enter into the general...
Favorite thing: Enter into the general party atmosphere. You will find music and dance all over the Island. The plena and bomba are 'typical' Puertorican music forms that have their roots in the spanish/african/indigenous mix of the Puerto Rican people.The tune being played here is 'seis' written for the Puertorican stringed instrument - the cuatro.
Avoid rush hour traffic if possible
Favorite thing: With the major roadways into and out of San Juan or any other major cities in Puerto Rico, try to avoid rush hour traffic. It's basically a semi-standstill situation. To avoid traffic within the major cities, travel the major roads between 10:00a - 3:00p, evening, or early morning hours.
Travelling the 20 or so miles from Humacao to Cagua along Route 30 enroute to San Juan took 45 minutes. It takes a little over 45 minutes with NO traffic to get from San Juan to Humacao.
In the picture, note that the shoulders of the road is used by the locals as a driving lane when in traffic. Also notice the pickup truck delivering plantains, yum.
Best Puerto Rico Websites
Favorite thing: www.gotopuertorico.com
This is the main tourism website of Puerto Rico.
For what to see and do in Puerto Rico. Website is in various languages and contains telephone numbers and websites for more info.
For detailed city maps and major tourist areas in Puerto Rico. Maps are annotated with major attractions. Their Old San Juan map is all you need to do your walking tour.
Que Pasa! magazine is a monthly publication which tells you what's going on in Puerto Rico. You can go to the website to download an electronic version of the magazine OR you can pick up your copy of Que Pasa! as soon as you land in San Juan airport - just go to the Puerto Rico Tourism Information Desk near the baggage claim area.
This site gives a pretty good practical info on San Juan.
Spanish is definitely useful:)
Favorite thing: Before I went to PR, everyone told me I could get by without knowing Spanish. Keep in mind that I only knew very basic words--I'm much more of a German/Russian speaker, which isn't saying too much. So, in San Juan, there was no problem. Then I got a rental car. EVERYTHING written is in Spanish and in Fajardo, to communicate with people, you should know Spanish. The general guideline is to know enough to get by to read general writing and when you are speaking to people who work in restaurants or other stores. And Puerto Rican Spanish is a bit different, too. For example, Gracias is said dropping the S and having a hard accent on the A. There are plenty of other differences as well, not that I would know since I never knew Spanish to begin with. You pick it up very quickly though.
Days of the Week
Favorite thing: Abbreviations for Days of the Week. I have no idea why Tuesday is represented by a K.
D domingo - Sunday
L lunes - Monday
K martes - Tuesday
M miercoles - Wednesday
J Jueves - Thursday
V viernes - Friday
S sabado - Saturday
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